Our team at New Endeavors is anguished alongside our community by recent events. From the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer to the violent response in our own city toward protesters advocating for the fundamental rights of black people we are, like many people, sad and scared. Through our work at NEW, it is impossible not to notice the stark inequity in Washington DC and across the country. People of color are disproportionately impacted by homelessness and poverty due to systemic, institutional racism and discriminatory practices. We cannot address homelessness without also addressing this inequality.
The women we serve are at the heart of everything we do. They are mothers, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, grandmothers, aunts and nieces. They are artists, writers, grocery store stockers, chefs, political wonks, hospitality workers and store clerks. They are readers, bingo players, walkers, shoe lovers, students, leaders, churchgoers, and friends. They are resilient, scared, courageous, motivated, tired, sad, and joyful.
In short, they are people. And like all people, they deserve to feel safe in their community. NEW can partner with them for housing and a chance at a new life, but we have to rely on each other in our city and in our country to ensure they have the rights that every human being needs and that every human being merits. Within our buildings, these women are safe and we are honored to serve as a harbor for their healing and growth. Even so, life does not stop at our front doors. It is imperative that we work together toward systemic changes on behalf of our residents, our staff, and our community.
Please stay safe. This work will last longer than the protests, beyond the hashtags and news coverage. But we are committed, and we will continue to work toward a more just future alongside you.